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Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclaimed

4 Apr , 2021  

RCCS Executive Director Nikki Harless receives proclamation from Commissioner Cliff Mears.

Richland County Children Services (RCCS) kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month on Thursday, April 1, with a proclamation from the Richland County Commissioners.

The proclamation read during a meeting by Commissioner Cliff Mears, who said he was impressed during a recent visit to the Scholl Road agency, was also signed by Commissioners Darrell Banks and Tony Vero designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the county.

This year Richland County Children Services (RCCS) theme is “Staying Safe Together.” The most important thing we can do to help children thrive is to support families before they reach a crisis. More…

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Huge Success For Socks For Seniors Drive

19 Jan , 2020  

As we reported in December (story here), several local agencies partnered late last year  to collect socks to be given to nursing home residents. The final count of donations received is now available.

First, let’s look at the goal itself. The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, We ACT and Richland County Children Services, along with other community organizations, set a goal of collecting 4,000 pairs of socks by December 31. The 2018 drive had resulted in the collection of 3,085 pairs of socks so, at the time the 2019 goal was set back in November, 4,000 pairs of socks seemed ambitious but hopefully achievable. More…

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Bringing Awareness To Help Older Youth Find Forever Homes

23 Nov , 2019  

In Richland County, there are older teenagers in foster care who face a future without stable and caring families to guide them into adulthood.

Older youth are much less likely to be adopted than younger children, and older youth themselves are often reluctant to pursue adoption, opting instead to prepare for independent living. Yet studies have shown that having a close relationship with a caring adult is key to improving their opportunities for success.

That is why this year November 23 has been designated as National Adoption Day and the entire month of November is National Adoption Month, offering a time to share resources that encourage older youth to consider how important a family can be even after they become adults. More…

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NECIC Joins Children’s Services In The Open Table Initiative

22 Jun , 2019  

North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC) has announced a new initiative in partnership with Richland County Children’s Services.

The Open Table will support youth aging out of foster care by building a network of ongoing support and mentorship around the needs of each participant.

“This is a mentoring initiative,” said NECIC Executive Director Deanna West-Torrence. “Six to eight mentors who are screened and trained meet an individual for one hour a week, for a year, to enjoy a meal with the goal of expanding that individual’s relational and social capital.” More…

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Socks Sought For Seniors

3 Dec , 2018  

Three area agencies are asking for help keep our older community members warm during the cold winter months. The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Richland County Children Services and We ACT are partnering to collect socks for the annual Socks for Seniors drive.

Socks will be donated to nursing facilities in Richland County. More…

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Two Positions Open At Children Services

14 Dec , 2017  

Richland County Children Services is seeking applicants for two job openings – Kinship Navigator and Community Engagement Specialist. Both job postings close on December 21. More…

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Accelerated Foster Parent Training Available

9 Jun , 2017  

If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent, Richland County Children Services will help you become licensed with a “training marathon.”

During a two-weekend session, beginning on Saturday, June 17, a prospective foster parent can accomplish what normally takes three times as long. The agency has a critical need for new, local foster homes and this accelerated training session is one way RCCS hopes to accomplish its goal. More…

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Children Services Seeks Calendar Sponsors

19 Apr , 2017  

Richland County Children Services is seeking monthly sponsors for its fourth-annual calendar, featuring artwork done by local third grade children.

The calendar is roughly based on the school year, beginning with August 2017 through July 2018. The theme for this year’s artwork is “Children Are Our Future.” More…

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Children Services Seeks To Fill Caseworker Position

23 Jan , 2017  

Richland County Children Services has set out to fill a caseworker position.

The caseworker is needed immediately. The following are the job duties listed: More…